World Languages

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In a globalized world, those who can communicate effectively in more than one language and across cultures, have a great advantage.

Such language proficiency is critical for business, trade, diplomacy, and can help to promote mutual understanding and respect.

For students, learning more than one language can enrich their academic and life experiences and open doors to opportunities.

Since 1959, CAL has actively worked with partners around the world to promote literacy in world languages and improve the learning of English as international language. Currently, CAL staff conduct research and develop practical solutions to support successful language programs for learners at all levels of instruction (early childhood, elementary, secondary, higher education, and adult education).

We are committed to supporting language learning and cultural understanding within the United States and around the world.

To learn more about CAL's work and resources about this topic, browse the subtopics within this section.

Projects

STARTALK

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STARTALK was created in 2006 to provide learning opportunities in the critical languages for students (K-16) and professional development for teachers of the critical languages, mainly through programs offered during the summer.

Peace Corps TEFL Certificate Validation

CAL is serving as an external consultant to the Peace Corps to review and validate the Peace Corps standards for a Peace Corps Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate.

National K-12 Foreign Language Survey

CAL conducted a national survey of foreign language instruction in public and private elementary and secondary schools to provide an updated national and regional portrait of foreign language instruction in the United States.

Resources

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI)

Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI)

The Computerized Oral Proficiency Instrument (COPI) provides language educators with a computerized, time-efficient assessment of their students’ oral language proficiency in several languages.

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey

Foreign Language Teaching in U.S. Schools: Results of a National Survey

CAL surveyed public and private elementary and secondary schools across the country to identify current patterns and shifts over time in foreign language education. This report provides detailed information about the survey results and includes recommendations for increasing language capacity in the United States.

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice

Handbook of Heritage, Community, and Native American Languages in the United States: Research, Policy, and Educational Practice

This timely and comprehensive publication provides a state-of-the-art overview of major issues related to heritage, community, and Native American languages in the United States, providing a foundational perspective on how these languages are learned and used in a variety of contexts and outlining the importance of drawing on these languages as valuable national resources.

Services

Evaluation and Program Design Services

Drawing on decades of research connected to practice in language education, CAL offers evaluation and program design services to schools, districts, and other institutions that are planning or implementing programs for language learners. We provide evaluation services at all levels of instruction (preK-12, higher education, and adult education) in the United States and internationally. Our services are rooted in research-based tools and approaches, aligned with the common core state standards, and are tailored to meet your needs.

Contact us to learn more.

News & Events

Native American Language Revitalization Legislation in the 113th Congress

August 14, 2014

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is engaged in a campaign to educate and inform members of the U.S. Congress about the benefits of Native American language revitalization.

There are two bills currently pending in both houses of Congress which seek to enhance efforts to revitalize Native American languages. The Center for Applied Linguistics encourages you to visit the LSA website to learn more about steps you can take to help raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization.

Visit the LSA website